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Published October 21st 2020
Seven ways to celebrate Halloween with your baby
When you're a new, first-time parent, every first is special (and these days, social-media worthy, too). Such as baby's first smile, first word, first bath, first laugh, first tooth, first solid food. And of course, first birthday.
For Halloween-loving parents, however, baby's first Halloween is also a very special and important milestone!
My son was four-months old when he celebrated his first Halloween. This year will be his seventh. Over the years as he's grown older, the Halloween festivities have changed, and so have the costumes, of course. Cute Jack O Lantern onesies work well for four-month olds and toddlers, but terrifying zombies and ghoulish ghosts brandishing plastic pitchforks work better for six-year-olds!
With the spooktacular season now upon us, you may be wondering how you too can celebrate your baby's first Halloween. And, of course, you can celebrate Halloween with your baby, even if you're in lockdown thanks to Coronavirus. Here are seven ways how you can make your first Halloween with your baby a frightfully fantastic one.
1. Halloween story time Read some cute Halloween-themed children's books together for a special storytime. You'll find lots of Halloween-themed children's books in the stores now. Such as Peter Rabbit's Pumpkin Party , Peppa's Pumpkin Party, Spot's Spooky Fun, The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Creepy-Crawly Halloween, That's not my witch, and Meg and Mog.
In fact, any book featuring a witch or a monster in it will work well for Halloween-and there are plenty of children's books featuring witches and monsters! Head to your local bookstore or library to find them.
2. Listen to child-friendly Halloween music together Even though he's no longer a baby and "too old for boring, yucky baby stuff" now, my son still loves listening to the Wiggles' songs on their Halloween DVD, Pumpkin Face every Halloween! If you can't find it in the stores or online (as you should know by now, the Wiggles are hugely popular!), don't despair, because you can find the Wiggles' Halloween songs on YouTube such as Three Little Pumpkins, Little Vampires, and one of my favourites, Do the Skeleton Scat.
There are Santa and Christmas photos with baby, so why not Halloween photos? So get into your costumes (for that extra cute factor, match baby's costume with yours!), take lots of fun photos, then share them on social media or put them all together into a Halloween photo book.
4. Get a Jack O Lantern pumpkin Nothing quite screams Halloween than a Jack O Lantern pumpkin. They're now readily available in stores. Why not get one, carve it (but not in baby's presence, of course!), and get baby to feel the inside flesh of the pumpkin? At this age, they won't care. When they turn 6, they may get all funny about touching slimy, squishy, gooey stuff. So enjoy the moment while you can!
5. Prepare Halloween sensory tubs or bins for baby These are lots of fun as they're hands-on and will enable your baby to engage with and explore the world through their senses. You can prepare a tub full of cooked spaghetti worms. Or a tub full of jelly eyeballs. Instructions here. A tub just full of jelly should also be lots of messy fun!
You can also fill a tub with fake spider webs and large plastic spiders or spider soft toys for baby to dig out. And of course, that Jack O Lantern pumpkin makes for the perfect sensory experience with all that sticky, squishy pumpkin flesh! Go here for more sensory tub ideas which you can adapt for Halloween.
6. Make witches' potions.
Get a plastic witches' cauldron or any tub (seriously, your baby won't know the difference!), fill it with baking soda, utter some nonsensical magic words as you pour vinegar into the cauldron, then delight in your baby squealing with awe and excitement (and hopefully not terror!) as your magic potion erupts. For an extra witchy effect, why not add red or green food colouring to the vinegar?
7. 'Bob' for apples
The traditional Halloween game, but adapted for your precious little one. It's really easy. Just fill a tub with water and apples, and let your baby grab at the apples with their little hands.
Halloween is a beautiful holiday that you can celebrate with your baby as a first-time parent. This year, why not enjoy these seven simple traditions together?
May this Halloween be the beginning of many more fang-tastic Halloweens to come!